Keeping Pets Hydrated With “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway

In the summer heat, cats and dogs are at greater risk of dehydration. To help pet parents keep their four-legged family members quenched, PetMeds is giving away summer prize packs to 3 lucky winners.

With summer officially in full swing, many pet parents are spending more time outdoors with their pets. Just like people, pets need to drink more water in hot weather to stay cool. Dogs pant when they’re hot, and their body cools down as moisture evaporates from their tongue. Cats cope with the heat by grooming more often. These processes cause them to lose body fluids when they’re overheated even though they do not sweat.

During cooler months, cats and dogs need to drink between one-half and one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day. In the summer, they may need two or even three times more water to stay hydrated.

On hot days spent outdoors, pet parents should stop periodically to check for signs of dehydration, which include pale, sticky gums, a rapid heart rate, and loss of skin elasticity, which can be tested by gently tenting the skin at the nape of the neck. If the skin does not bounce back once released, the pet may be dehydrated.

Dehydration in pets can lead to digestive issues, urinary tract problems, and even heat stroke. It’s important to offer pets water before they show signs of dehydration to keep them healthy and comfortable in the summer.

Cats and dogs should have constant access to cool, fresh water. Their bowl should be washed and refilled daily. On road trips or during outdoor activities, they should be offered water every hour or two.

Dogs and cats don’t always drink enough water even if it’s available to them. They also need moisture in their diet, which pet parents can provide by soaking kibble in water or switching to canned food.

Pet parents are invited to enter the “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway for a chance to win a prize bundle with TropiClean Fresh Breath Water Additives and Snack Duo Collapsible Water Bowl – or the grand prize, a Pet Fountain by leaving a comment below

The “Water You Up To This Summer” Giveaway runs from July 1, 2022, through July 29, 2022. Everyone who enters from 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) July 1, 2022, to July 29, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET is eligible to win. One winner will be notified every other Friday in July (7/8 and 7/22). The grand prize winner will be notified Friday, July 29th.

Win A Summer Hydration Prize From PetMeds®!
What are you up to this Summer? Let us know below how you and your pet plan to stay hydrated this Summer, and you could win a FREE Summer Hydration Prize from PetMeds®! A winner will be chosen at random Every other Friday in July (7/8 and 7/22), so everyone who participates has a chance to win! The grand prize winner will be chosen July 29th. There will be a total of three (3) winners. (Limited to residents of the U.S.) Good luck!   

Congrats to our 1st Winner Jeffrey Greene in Arizona, our 2nd Winner Ernie Johnson in New York, and our Grand Prize Winner Joyce Giandolfi in Florida Look out for an email from us! This contest has ended, but be sure to join us in celebrating DOGust and International Cat Day.

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  1. We’ve got froyo and plenty of water bowls upstairs, downstairs, and outside

  2. We have 3 water bowls to make sure they all have plenty fresh water available for them.

  3. We have two large bowls by their food, a Kids size pool outside that refreshed daily, plus a water bowl on the porch and one on the deck.

  4. I am so lucky to have a dog and a cat that drinks water like nothing else I’ve seen. They love their water!!

  5. We Have Water bowls upstairs, downstairs and a kid pool for our Malamute!! He also loves ice cubes to eat and in his water bowl!!

  6. Wish I could include a pic. So 6 cats, a dog, and about 25-50 Wild Rats showed up hungry and thirsty. They are now able to be hand fed. We made baskets for food and had made watering locations, two large on the ground, many high up so Cats won’t get. Believe it or not, cats respect us not eating them during a feed or in front of us. Water containers throughout the yard for outdoor cats, and water two location in house and placed down for the Dog at each meal. He takes his vitamin when we do and takes a drink to follow as we do. We have at least one opposum left so water and veges containing water are available to it. One time we had 20, and they don’t stay in one spot long, we were blest to have 3 yrs., a longer life span than told.
    Animals are amazing

  7. We have water dishes throughout the home and outside for ours and others who enter the yard. They are encouraged to drink, and are fed foods containing liquids

  8. We keep bowls of fresh water out for our house dog. She loves being outside, plenty of fresh water for her. We also have a small fan blowing on our patio for her. She loves ice!

  9. Our dog enjoys a pupachino and also whip cream when we have home coffees, watermelon adds extra liquids, and he also gets pet yogurt/ice cream frosty paws. Water bowls abound inside and out, and cooled down, cats and dog with damp rags

  10. water dishes throughout the home and outside bowls of freshened water for the house dog. freshwater outside, the dog comes into ac room at will and loves ice in his water!
    loves Starbucks pupachino watermelon adds liquids, to his diet and he gets yogurt/ice cream called frosty paws. Water bowls Pets cats and dogs get wiped down with damp rags and encourage them to drink their water. Three meals a day for our dog with additional water at each meal, we set the example, he follows

  11. Whenever we have a drink our dog has a drink, even if he needs a drink from the bottled water I have. He loves colored ice cubes to cool down his water in the home, Outside we have half dz cats so water bowls are everywhere. My grams loves her wild animals so there is plenty of water for them too.

  12. WENDI K PHILLIPSJuly 16, 2022 at 4:07 am

    We have outdoor (I hate the word “feral”) cats that we feed and take care of.
    We put out dry food during the day and wet food in the evenings.

    We also have multiple containers of water for them.
    Being in Fl it is definitely hot this time of year and especially this summer has been even hotter than usual so we have been sure to give them extra water.

    This old Fl sun is so hot the water gets warm very quickly so multiple times a day we add ice cubes to their water dishes.
    We try to keep their food and water in the shade to keep it cool, but even then the water gets warm so quickly.

    Thankfully they have lots of places to get in the shade in our yard.

  13. I have a couple bowls of water strategically placed for my cat — away from my dog. I keep him in the house mostly, but will tie him up on the deck in the shade for some outside time. Another water bowl is there, too, usually containing some ice. When he gets too warm, he takes his leave to the basement for some cool-temp napping.

    My dog, on the other hand, enjoys the heat, frequently sunning himself. I give him breaks by letting him in the house as he wants. (He also finds shade in the yard as needed.) Big bowl of water for him while he’s out, too, with ice. He loves playing with, and chewing, the ice! I’ll also occasionally give him some doggy ice cream, lovingly supplied by his “grandparents.”

  14. I leave ice cubes with strawberries in them in the freezer then pop the cubes in her water. She gets cool and a nice treat

  15. Jennifer Mckelvey-GalindoJuly 17, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    I make frozen ice cubes with watermelon and fruit and freeze them and put them in their water dishes. So they can stay hydrated and cool.

  16. We have water bowls all over the house and outside. We change the water frequently. We have a portable bowl for the truck for trips to the lake to cool down and have fun. I freeze carrots for a fun cold treat.

  17. Plenty of water and lazy days inside.

  18. vivorn sophamisayJuly 17, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    We have pet ice cream in the freezer, plenty of ice in their water bowl, and hanging indoors most of the time during the hot seasons, with weekly outing to the dog park.

  19. Dusty D SummerfordJuly 17, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    We welcomed a new puppy into our home so we’re in training mode this summer. His name is Petey and he’s definitely a little rascal! Would love to spoil him with a fountain!!

  20. We stay in doors with a/c blasting and my animals have a water fountain to drink constantly

  21. Roscoe has a special balm for his paws that I apply to help protect them from the hot heat of the sidewalk. I also always try to have him walking on the grass & in the shade, rather than on hot cement. Every little bit of helping dogs keep cool helps, and everyone, please don’t leave your dog alone in the car during the warm months, not even for a minute! Take good care, all 🙂

  22. add an ice cube to the pets’ water bowl on the really hot days

  23. We have the two sweetest mom-and-son Great Pyrenees duo & we make sure their HUGE water bowl is always full. They like ice in their water after we come back from a nice, long walk. We also make sure to carry water w/ us on a walk & one of the fur babies actually carries their water bowl hooked to his utility harness.

  24. I have 8 cats they drink alot inside and outside and also have cats that are tossed off in hot or cold weather we let stay around feed and water them

  25. Sheryl HoltsclawJuly 18, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    bowls of water through out house.. try to keep in a/c home or take to lake

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